How Connie discovered presentation freedom in 3 coaching sessions
In this newsletter I would like to share the story of Connie van de Beek-Broekhuis, a highly valued client of mine. She enthusiastically explained the results she’d attained by starting to learn more about presenting.
Connie works as a product-manager for Akzo Nobel in Amsterdam and frequently needs to present to an international audience. Some time ago she for instance co-organised and presented an event for about 100 Akzo Nobel managers.
A few months ago Connie decided to follow some coaching sessions. Although Connie knew she was not such a bad presenter, she did not feel confident or quite at ease while presenting. Preparation took up a lot of time and energy and her nerves were also too often getting in the way. Connie really longed for experiencing more freedom and peace while being in the spotlights. She wanted to feel more confident while presenting.
This is why I decided to follow a coaching course with Mabel.
One of the most important things I’ve learned from Mabel was being able to “let go” and “having trust” in myself. This gives me a lot of freedom and peace while presenting, but also in the phase before I have to give a presentation. Instead of rehearsing all the time, I now know when to say stop and actual being able to rely on that. This does not mean of course that I will never need to search for a word, or will not forget one while presenting. But, because of this trust, it does not disturb me that much and I can remain my authentic self in such a moment.
Being able to gain this confidence in such a short time, is not easy to attain by yourself. By experimenting in a safe environment, practising a lot and reflecting on it, it really starts to sink in. You develop yourself step by step and you experience what makes a true difference.
What has been helpful in this respect is also seeing yourself back on tape. This really gives you a great deal of insight.
Due to the course, I prepare and treat presenting in a different way. These are not big changes really. But, it does have a different effect on the audience. For instance I currently receive compliments for my way of presenting. Our sales manager, who is usually not that free with giving compliments at all, paid me a compliment all of a sudden.
And the fun part is that I start enjoying presenting more each time. I had the tendency to isolate myself when I presented. This felt safe, but I was losing my audience when I did this. It is quite scary to let go of this “safe” spot. But, after a while I was able to do this. And this has given me much more space, freedom and joy.
“It has been a real treat to myself!”
Do you also long to experience freedom while presenting? Do you want to learn to be efficient in your preparation? Be effective when you present and enjoy presenting more?
Give me a call 06-245 97 282 or fill in the contact form on my webstite: https://presentingwithimpact.nl/contact/
I will be happy to explain the possibilties.